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Bonney Lake Stargazing

Details

Public

Type: Star Party

Keywords: Stargazing Star Party Bonney Lake

Held on: Sep 08, 2023 (Fri) at 08:00 PM to Sep 08, 2023 (Fri) at 11:55 PM

Sunset Times:

  • Official at 07:34 PM
  • Civil at 08:05 PM
  • Nautical at 08:42 PM
  • Astronomical at 09:22 PM

Lunar Phase:

Speaker: Alan Spurgeon

Location: 27515 120th St E, Buckley, WA 98321

Event Coordinator: Alan Spurgeon

Overview

Come join us for a night of stargazing. We will have telescopes for people to look through or feel free to bring your own. The fun starts just after sunset.

For new astronomers we are starting off the night with a program we are calling "Introduction to Stargazing".

The Moon is near its "third quarter" phase and as such the Moon does not rise until near or after midnight making skies particularly dark and favorable for stargazing.

If weather conditions force cancellation of an event, that news will be posted not later that 4PM the day of the event.  Let's hope there will be no smoke like we had in August to put a damper on our observing.

Bring a chair and maybe a blanket.

Ignore the parking lot lights in the photo, those get turned off.

Map

Latitude 47.149986, Longitude -122.063997

More Information

Come join us for a night of stargazing. It is finally starting to get darker earlier so longer to stargaze. We will have telescopes for people to look through or feel free to bring your own. The fun starts just after sunset.

For new astronomers we are starting off the night with a program we are calling "Introduction to Stargazing".

If you are bringing your own telescope please arrive before dark to set it up. We will be Star Gazing until midnight and will have several telescopes there for you to look through.

  • Bring warm clothes, even in September it can get chilly.
  • Bring the kids!
  • If you bring a flashlight then make sure it is red. No white lights at the event.
  • If you take a picture please make sure you have the flash turned off and take a long exposure.
  • No pets or children on leashes please. They have a tendency to get tangled and overturn telescopes.
  • Bring a comfy chair or blanket and binoculars if you have them to look up at the stars.
  • Bring a thermos of your favorite hot drink to help stay warm.
  • Our events are on school grounds so no alcohol allowed.

 

If you want to learn some basics on telescopes then we will talk about those starting at sunset.

Introduction to Stargazing

For those new to astronomy we are going to start the night off with a "Introduction to Stargazing" presentation that begins just after sunset. In this you will be introduced to the night sky, learn how to locate some prominent stars and constellations, and learn how to star hop. Next we will discuss meteors, and satellites. Hopefully we will catch a glimpse of the space station as it passes overhead. When it is visible, we will learn about features of the moon. Finally we will take a look at several objects in the night sky through a telescope.

Every month we will build upon our constellation and lunar knowledge and highlight a few new deep sky objects. Saturn will be visible as will the Milky Way core.

For those coming to the Welcome to Stargazing presentation please install the free app "Stellarium" onto your mobile device before hand. It is available in the app store for your device. This is the app we will use to help us find things in the night sky.

 

Announcements

6 months ago

Bonney Lake Stargazing starts soon!

Bonney Lake Stargazing starts shortly on Sep 08 (Fri) at 08:00 PM.

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